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Infobox: concerning length of term[edit]

An observation: Should we include the House of Commons role? see Prime Minister of Australia & more so Prime Minister of New Zealand, as examples. GoodDay (talk) 20:16, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

The Prime Minister stays in office after dissolution of Parliament, so Australia's wording is misleading. It would be more accurate to say something like "so long as they have confidence of the House, which faces re-election every four years". —Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 21:11, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
That's a bit too much for an infobox. The infobox is only supposed to summarise the most basic facts about the subject of the article.
Also, the commons doesn't necessarily face election every four years; parliament can be dissolved and an election called pretty well any time before four years past the last election. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 21:15, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
Parliament can be dissolved before 4 years, as Harper (who brought in the 4 year rule) did in 2011 or beyond 5 years as in 1917. And Parliament's role in choosing the PM is unofficial. TFD (talk) 08:32, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
Actually, a snap election was called in 2008. The Harper gov't was pushed into an election in 2011, via the opposition defeating them on a non-confidence motion. GoodDay (talk) 13:12, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

Qualifications[edit]

The statement "There are no age or citizenship restrictions on the position of prime minister itself" seems to need referencing. Surely there must be some citizenship restrictions? 1305cj (talk) 06:14, 25 February 2016 (UTC)

Anyone can become PM. However, practically, it is an MP, so the person must be at least 18 and a citizen. PM is not an elected position, but an appointed one, the governor general asks someone to form a government. Dbrodbeck (talk) 13:12, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
I kinda figured that, but the way it was worded isn't clear. Just as a point, with no citizenship restrictions -is Ted Cruz eligible to be Prime Minister of Canada? 1305cj (talk) 14:46, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
If he, or anyone, can get the confidence of the House yeah. Dbrodbeck (talk) 14:58, 25 February 2016 (UTC
Two prime ministers have been senators, and I believe between 3 and 5 were prime minister at some point while they were not MPs, one of which was not part of parliament at all (not part of the Commons nor the Senate). Nowadays though, if a PM is not an MP, an MP from their party would be expected to vacate their seat in a "safe riding" for the PM to run in a byelection. trackratte (talk) 15:53, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
John Turner, frex, was neither an MP nor a senator during his term as Prime Minister; he was said to have "governed from the hallway", and didn't actually hold a seat in the House until the election in which he lost the prime ministership. Bearcat (talk) 21:21, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

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